Recognising the challenges of taking time out to study, the University of Pretoria's Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) has joined the growing ranks of world-class business schools that offer online learning, harnessing the information-sharing ability of technology to deliver truly flexible education.
GIBSdirect, GIBS’ new online learning portal, was officially launched today.
“Today’s time-pressured business environment makes it difficult for many professionals to take time out to study, but whether you’re in a corporate job or running your own company, ongoing learning is imperative for those who want to get ahead,” says Sue Swart, GIBS Digital Marketing Manager.
All GIBSdirect courses have been specially tailored to suit the unique online learning environment. A fully integrated, blended learning offering comprises a combination of lecture notes, articles, case studies, practical examples and video clips, while discussion forums provide the opportunity to interact with GIBS lecturers and fellow students. Students can choose to do the modules as stand-alone courses or they can opt to complete all 10 modules to be awarded the GIBS Programme for Management Development (PMD). While students can work at times that suit their schedule, the work for each module needs to be completed within the two-month period over which the module runs.
“Modules are ‘ring-fenced’ in this way as our research and experience show that such deadlines contribute to better completion rates and therefore ensure that students get a return on their education investment,” says Swart.
Applications for GIBSdirect are currently open for two modules: Marketing and Financial Management, with applications for Leadership and People Management opening soon. Seven additional modules will also be introduced within the next year. GIBSdirect provides the flexibility to study in your own time and the ability to study from anywhere in South Africa and beyond. Furthermore, the cost efficiency of being able to spread education expenses over a period that suits your budget is another advantage of online learning. GIBSdirect allows individuals to benefit from truly flexible access to the quality business education for which GIBS has become renowned – in your own time, at your own pace and within your own budget.